We had the chance to attend the 15th Annual BROTHERS Show & Shine this weekend over at the Anaheim R.V. Park in California and it was one heck of a show. We cruised through around 9:30 A.M and it was already packed! This year’s show was much larger than last years with over 300 registered trucks. The show started at 9 A.M. and went a little passed 3 P.M. It featured all sorts of trucks from convertible Chevy Blazers to a monstrous 4x4 Chevy Suburban. You could hear the sound of gurgling V-8’s driving around as people looked for places to park along the grass.
BROTHERS Trucks have been hosting the BROTHERS Trucks Annual Show & Shine for the last 15 years with one goal in mind: To allow people to show off their trucks and have a fun time doing it. For those who don’t know, the BROTHERS Trucks Show & Shine takes place every year and allows Chevy and GMC trucks from 1947-1987 to compete for best paint job, best interior, best truck in year, BROTHERS choice, and lastly best in show. This year they decided to have one-off categories such as: Ugliest truck and highest truck.
There was a lot to do this year at the BROTHERS Trucks Show. The best part of the show was being able to walk around and see the trucks on display and their owners very closely behind them. The show brought people from all over California and one guy had driven 500 miles to be there. Children were jumping around and laughing having a fun time in the bounce house that there over on the vendor’s area. If your hunger was getting the best of you the Sexy Burger gourmet food truck was there to fill you up with good burgers and fries. If the heat was starting to get to you, there was a fresh squeezed lemonade stand and a juice bar where you could quench your thirst.
It was a really great experience to see people and families gathered around their trucks and just having a good time. Some people even brought a mini-grill and barbecued on the bed of their trucks. To some, maybe it’s about showing off their brand-new build, but to others this is a lifestyle. Some people invest a lot of time and effort into putting these builds together. One truck that really caught our eye was Lantz Jackson’s 1956 GMC. Lantz drove down from Vallejo, California with his brother Roman to show off this bad boy. The truck caught people’s attention with its flawless Sunburst Orange paint job and LS1 powerplant. This truck was well done, but the best part about seeing it was hearing the story behind it. Jackson had been working on the truck for 23 years and finally got it up running this year. At first, he just wanted to drive it around on the weekends, but he was bit by the bug and this was his second show. Lantz had the privilege of taking home The Best Truck 1955-1959 award, making his trek well worth it.
The awards ceremony wrapped everything up at the end of the day. There were awards for specific years from 1947-1987. The awards included best interior, best paint, best runner up, and best truck. The BROTHERS Choice Award went to 1954 COE crew cab owned by Patrick Rodriguez. The BROTHERS Best in Show went to Frank Warren and his blown LS 1948 Chevy. This truck was definitely one of a kind and it was deserved. After the awards ceremony closed, people stayed a little longer to hang out and talk.
That’s really what makes shows so great. It’s not only just about the trucks or cars that show up, it’s about the people, the hard work, and the history. The BROTHERS Truck show was a blast and we will definitely be back next year.
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